« on: November 27, 2013, 09:19:34 AM »
....I don't like what you are insinuating and think you are completely incorrect. Zeiss has a history of excellent optics and people are willing to pay a little more for that history, sure. But I think location has next to nothing to do with it. Think about cars. It used to be that luxury cars were primarily from Germany (BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc). Then Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti came along. Guess what, "westerners" are buying Lexus, Acuras and Infinitis. A lot of them. If Samyang, Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron, etc, can build a lens as good as the Otus, and they think they can make money on that lens....then they should do it. People will buy it. Personally, competition in that high end market would be great.
if Canon or any one design a 50mm without AF , as big as the Otus , any Asian brand lens company can do it too.
but the fact is Westerns do not pay a lot of money for an Asian lens , I think Samyong or Sigma can do it too , but if they do and try to charge 4k for a 50mm , what will happen?
so while the Otus is a great lens in terms of pure optical , tripod based performance tests, it is not really a practical or that amazing in real life use.
imagine what most of Western buyers would react if Sigma or Samyong try to design something like that and charge 4k?
sadly, there are many many name worshippers , if it says Leica , Zeiss , Hassel Blad , then many people love it and willing to pay whatever the price asked regardless of its performance in real life.
the Pana Leica primes are actually designed by KM but they say Leica design in EU or US because of the above reason , but in Pana's original Japanese site it clearly says it is not Leica lenses just Leica baranded..............
And personally speaking, this westerner has spent a lot of money on "Asian" lenses, camera bodies, etc.